Woolly Sheep

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Woolly Sheep
Total Time 1 hour Ages all-ages

Most sheep can be a little standoffish, but not this roly-poly one made from a pompom.

What you'll need

  • White yarn
  • Rectangle of stiff cardboard
  • Rubber band
  • Scissors
  • Black felt
  • Glue
  • Small gold bell
  • Black pipe cleaner
  • Red ribbon
  • Embroidery needle

For a more comical ewe, glue on wiggly eyes and a red nose.

How to make it

  1. To make the body, loosely wrap the yarn around the width of the rectangle until it has been covered at least three times. (The more yarn used, the fluffier the sheep's coat will be.) When finished, slide the yarn onto your fingers, gathering all the loops together. Using your other hand, put a rubber band around the loops, cinching it in the center like an hourglass.

  2. Cut through the loops on both ends of the hourglass and fluff up the pom-pom. If the yarn pieces are uneven, "shear" the sheep with the scissors.

  3. After cutting a face shape out of the felt, glue it and the bell onto one end of the sheep. Cut the pipe cleaner in half and thread the two pieces through the center of the sheep's body, so that they stick down on each side like legs.

  4. For a hanger, cut a 10-inch length of ribbon, fold it in two, and knot the two ends together. Thread the unknotted end of the loop through an embroidery needle, then pull it up through the center of the sheep.

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